Rick Wilson, The Daily Beast, April 14, 2020:
If you watched President Donald Trump's daily press briefing Monday, you know that even by his abysmal standards this was the loudest siren yet, a warning that the man occupying the Oval Office is more suited to a very long, involuntary stay in an inpatient mental-health facility than the presidency of the United States.
It wasn't presidential leadership. It wasn't executive power made manifest. It wasn't a grown-ass adult facing a serious crisis. It was an angry, needy man not looking outward to the needs of a nation in crisis but inward, and downward.
Anyone—and I mean anyone—who tells you Monday's presser was anything other than a complete meltdown shitshow on the top of the dumpster fire at the peak of Burning-Tire Mountain is a liar.
Missed one thing last night: Trump not only claimed Biden apologized for accusing him of xenophobia but that Biden wrote him a “letter of apology.” Biden’s campaign says there is no letter and no apology.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 14, 2020
Senator Chris Murphy just said Trump playing a campaign video in the White House briefing room was against the law.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) April 13, 2020
Trump: "People can't even believe the job we've done."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 10, 2020
Twenty bucks to the first reporter to address him as "fuckface."— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) April 13, 2020
NEW: Trump will meet in Oval Office tomorrow with “recovered COVID-19 patients,” WH says.— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) April 14, 2020
CALLED IT https://t.co/OJM6khUgCy— That Cardsharp (@thatcardsharp) April 14, 2020
Tuesday's Nightmare: The "If You Keep Talking, I'll Leave" Edition:Trump, Feb. 28: "The press is in hysteria mode" over coronavirus.— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) April 14, 2020
Trump video, April 13: "The media minimized the risk from the start."
he can't help himself pic.twitter.com/OhiBaDZW7B— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
"What do you have to use? They've been taking it for 40 years for malaria ... I haven't heard a bad story" -- Trump has turned a White House event with Covid survivors into a commercial for hydroxychloroquine, which can cause fatal heart problems pic.twitter.com/oRVYqsNecZ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
Trump: "I haven't heard a bad story."@CIA website for employees:— Nancy Levine 🏡#StayHome (@nancylevine) April 14, 2020
"There are potentially significant side effects, including sudden cardiac death, associated with hydroxychloroquine..."https://t.co/xgisyKSRkg
If he hasn't hasn't heard a bad story, it's only bc he's not paying attention. Brazil stopped trials after only 81 patients, given a high dose, developed serious heart rhythm issues. Sweden stopped trials of it because it caused blinding headaches, vision loss & agonizing cramps.— DonnaMasiello (@DAMasiello) April 14, 2020
Fox & Friends has mentioned unproven and dangerous hydroxychloroquine drugs more than 10 times on today's show alone pic.twitter.com/Xn5db4X99I— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
The CDC estimates between 250,000 and 450,000 people get Lyme disease every year. ... People know about it.TRUMP: "People don't know about Lyme disease. It's a very bad thing."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
He then advises one of the coronavirus survivors to see the White House doctor before she leaves, because "they do have a very powerful antibiotic." pic.twitter.com/hZRqPHzuQH
"Jeff, can I ask you a question? ... am I allowed to take Karen over to see the White House doctor?" -- Trump seeks ethical advice from Reuters reporter @jeffmason1 pic.twitter.com/3vWlfKJMzD— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
Karen be like pic.twitter.com/ahsu5DHiRF— Tardis_lass (@Heathfeath45) April 14, 2020
Outside:Pudding? “As Nick Brown, a researcher also known for exposing flawed and fraudulent research, wrote on Twitter: “They would have gotten the same results with chocolate pudding.”https://t.co/70A9svAqG7— johncairns (@sailor_john) April 14, 2020
Not even 16 seconds of clarity— Amy Warrior (@AWarriorInTrng) April 14, 2020
Trump is using the lie that he banned travel from China (he restricted it but didn't ban it) to take credit for saving "untold numbers of lives" (the coronavirus was already spreading within the US by the time the restrictions went into effect) pic.twitter.com/qVK2RrB0Dg— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
.@kaitlancollins: You're criticizing the WHO for praising China's transparency. You did the same thing— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
TRUMP: I don't talk about China's transparency
C: You did in a tweet in January
TRUMP: If I'm so good to China, how come I'm the one that closed our borders against China? pic.twitter.com/CV5ag6nxyC
From Fact Check: Read this and this.And February. pic.twitter.com/1pqGhlYbZ9— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) April 14, 2020
“Strong” “Powerful” “Like we’ve never seen”— Jason (@jasuntzu) April 14, 2020
Does this dope know any other words?
Trump is using the April 14 #TrumpPressBriefing to try and shift blame by attacking the World Health Organization pic.twitter.com/6tLkEIMUM8— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
He LOVED the WHO on Feb. 23: "The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!" https://t.co/rJR2AJcqdQ— allan wood (@allanjameswood) April 14, 2020
“The WHO went as far as to wrongly praise China for their transparency”— 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗦𝗶𝘀𝘁 ✪ (@BriaResists) April 14, 2020
ROLL THE TWEET: pic.twitter.com/pwLlsvHJYZ
FACT-CHECK:— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) April 14, 2020
Pres. Trump is trying to blame the WHO for its early coronavirus response and basically "taking China's word" - here was Pres. Trump in *January*: https://t.co/7SGRmX3xrp
Trump says he has deep concerns about how the WHO has used "America's generosity."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 14, 2020
So Trump just announced he’s halting funding to the World Health Organization... In the MIDDLE of a fuckin Global Pandemic... Yup that just happened... #IHateHim #TrumpPressConf— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) April 14, 2020
Trump takes a question about why cutting funding for the WHO during a pandemic is a good idea -- and does not even come close to answering it pic.twitter.com/6LSXxpTuqA— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
TRUMP: "For the time being we will redirect global health and directly -- work with others. All of the aid we send will be discussed at very, very powerful letters and with very powerful and influential groups, and smart groups." #wut pic.twitter.com/HfffwSLTP0— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
Trump calls Andrew Cuomo's ventilator requests "ridiculous" and then attacks President Obama, who left office in 2017, for the fact the national ventilator stockpile was depleted in 2020 pic.twitter.com/RofWikafHL— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
adventures in reading with Trump pic.twitter.com/y9r3t2q5if— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
He's buffering— Parker (@parkertron) April 14, 2020
"These are high-quality ventilators. We had a choice. We could do inexpensive, less productive ventilators, or high-quality. We've done a high-quality ventilator" -- Trump pic.twitter.com/mgFQOGqScN— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
Noooo! I wanted the third rate cardboard ventilators— gmleoniak (@gmleoniak1) April 14, 2020
I think "the ventilators" is going to be the new "I closed the borders."— digby (@digby56) April 14, 2020
"Huge powerful countries can't believe what we've done with the ventilators..."
A ventilator salesman came to me — he was in tears. Huge huge salesman, straight out of ventilator salesman central casting. Crying his eyes out. He says “Sir, that thing with the ventilators . . . “— (((Werewolf Bar Kochba))) (@dickius) April 14, 2020
What ventilators? The ones he stole from the states?— Never Trumper # 7.4 billion (@talanwright) April 14, 2020
Trump still hasn't figured out that the 1918 flu pandemic didn't happen in 1917 pic.twitter.com/pZjGUWhuCU— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
"There's never been an economy like we had, just a little more than a month ago" -- Trump's new 2020 slogan leans pretty heavily into nostalgia pic.twitter.com/jwYTkVrwEB— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
One day after (falsely) claiming he has "total authority" to reopen states, Trump has walked that back and is now saying he'll merely consult with individual governors about when they'll get their economies up and running again pic.twitter.com/yNB7BClkfD— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
👏👏👏 for the CNN chyrons. They do live fact-checks right underneath his lying face, & give commentary because he won't let reporters finish questions & he doesn't answer what he's asked anyway. #WhatAboutFebruary #chyron @CNN #25thAmendmentNow #WhiteHouseBriefing pic.twitter.com/TX0XqIKzDB— rABiD_kittEn 💙😽✌️ (@rABiD_kittEn) April 14, 2020
If you're looking for stock tips for tomorrow morning here's nearly a minute of Trump reading off the names of random companies and CEOs pic.twitter.com/Z0N0mHxwWe— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
"Pepsi Cola, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Yum Brands, Papa John's" -- Trump is still reading off the names of random companies during a press briefing that is ostensibly about a deadly pandemic that is killing Americans pic.twitter.com/NgsiIWX6KD— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
Muffler man, my cousin vinny, a rock I found. All great thinkers. So that’s how we will get through this. Thanks for coming ✌️— 🧩Bloughin (@bloughin) April 14, 2020
Trump will recite 10,000 CEOs before he’ll read the name of a single victim of CV19 who wasn’t a rich old white oligarch #TrumpPressConf— Hammancheez (@Hammancheez) April 14, 2020
"We have to get our sports back. I'm tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old." -- Trump pic.twitter.com/tDdVvPK41E— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
"The minimum was 100,000 deaths and I hope to be substantially under the minimum," says Trump, who as late as the last week of February was claiming that the coronavirus would go away on its own pic.twitter.com/sqUDfRDSdb— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
He wants to take a victory lap for anything under 100,000 deaths. That is ugly.— Parry Luellen (@luellen_parry) April 14, 2020
What he’s saying here is to quit yer bitchin’ about the 25,000 US deaths that have already happened.— StickyBunny (@skullisland1919) April 14, 2020
TRUMP: "If we're unhappy with a state, we're going to let them know we're unhappy ... we'll have to do something that's very ser-- very serious. We'll maybe have to close them up and start all over again." pic.twitter.com/7cGzawkibo— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
Welcome to New Idaho? Second Jersey?— jk winkifas (@JKWinkiface) April 14, 2020
"This isn't me -- this is the presidency": Get a load of the guy who pushed racist conspiracy theories about President Obama claiming to care about the institution of the presidency pic.twitter.com/QkkVrgEHYe— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
Trump is not happy with a Fox News question about how the current lack of testing capacity in the country is consistent with getting state economies back up and running pic.twitter.com/rVrpv6UaND— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
"Governors are supposed to do testing. It's up to the governors. Quiet. Quiet. Quiet. The governors are doing the testing. It's now not up, and it hasn't been up, to the federal govt ... if you keep talking, I'll leave ... just a loudmouth" -- Trump unloads on @BrianKarem pic.twitter.com/NAhrR4Xkbs— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
BREAKING: Trump just blamed the governors for not having enough tests, after he claimed months ago that “anyone who needs a test can get tested.” #TrumpPressConf— Ms. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) April 14, 2020
Tremendous testing?!?! In Ohio, this “testing” tent was put up on 3/16/2020. It’s never been used. Not once. pic.twitter.com/nKN6i7G4hR— Jen (@JLBerman) April 14, 2020
The progress of daily COVID19 testing in the United States. pic.twitter.com/9EEAiyiGWj— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 14, 2020
Trump Yesterday: "The President has total authority"— Please (@wingflop) April 15, 2020
Reporter: *Asks why people haven't been able to get tested*
Trump Today: "That's all on the governors. Nothing I can do. I'm just a powerless spectator."
Pick one. #TrumpPressConf #TrumpIsACompleteFailure
Has he started the air accordion playing yet?— S/V Artemis (@SVArtemis1) April 14, 2020
Also a good statement to the 26,000+ dead Americans, whose blood will soak Trump's hands for eternity:"Who cares? If you can't be here, that's too bad" -- Trump to a reporter who tries to ask a question on behalf of a colleague who couldn't be there pic.twitter.com/MLRy9xIGhX— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
"Who cares? If you can't be here, that's too bad."
"Kroger and Walmart, which does a lot of the food, and many of the stores -- they seem to be in very good shape" -- Trump downplays possibility of food supplies running short pic.twitter.com/Fx0C96PfEz— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
REPORTER: The reason many states don't have problems right now is because of social distancing--— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
TRUMP: "No ... the reason also is they are different kinds of states. They have lots of room."
Trump then threatens governors who might not cooperate with him & ends the briefing. pic.twitter.com/5lQGfJXFT5
Trump calls Brian Karem a "showboat", threatens to leave and has the biggest tantrum and meltdown at #TrumpPressConf today.— Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) April 14, 2020
And he is DEFUNDING WHO.
He is out of control.
This is HORRIFYING.
People are dying & Trump's ego is crumbling fast. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/7ShIXjBjJU
The United States suffered the most deaths in a single day during the coronavirus pandemic: 2,407.The President of the United States throws yet another tantrum...— U_did_wash_ur_hands_didn't_you (@U_didnt_saythat) April 15, 2020
"Quiet, Quiet, Quiet... I told them when they put this guy here it's nothing but trouble, he's a showboat...if you keep talking I'll leave, just a loudmouth" #TrumpPressConf #WhiteHouseBriefing pic.twitter.com/buS7rPVrXZ
Total deaths: 26,945. ... Total cases: 613,371.
The Trump presidency in one sentence. https://t.co/mc1yqbDHnG— Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) April 15, 2020
All you need to know about Trump: asked about Stanley Chera, who he claimed was his friend and who just died of the virus, all Trump could talk about was how excited Stanley was for Trump to be President. Trump used someone's death only to promote himself#WhiteHouseBriefing— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) April 13, 2020
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo does not agree with Trump's claim of absolute power as dictator of the US. (Trump also 'changed his mind'. Possessing total authority leaves him vulnerable to blame. Can't have that.)Three months into the COVID pandemic & the Trump still doesn't have a plan. Not even a bad one. Just nothing.— Pitt Griffin (@pittgriffin) April 14, 2020
Trump can't even decide if he's a king or a cheerleader. Whether it is DC in charge or the states.
There has never been a more pathetic President.#TrumpMeltdown
ANDREW CUOMO: "The president said last night he has total authority for determining how and when states reopen. That is not an accurate statement, in my opinion ... we do not have a King in this country." pic.twitter.com/cQWP80GYdw— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
Cuomo on Trump's claim of "total authority": "There are many things you can debate in the Constitution because they are ambiguous -- this is not one of those things ... it's violative to the very concept of democracy ... that statement cannot stand." pic.twitter.com/QbZ7wfluAC— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2020
Governor #Cuomo is giving Americans a history lesson (and quoting Alexander Hamilton for extra bonus points🙌🏻). Just setting the record straight that America doesn’t have a king with absolute authority. #TrumpMeltdown pic.twitter.com/Ww0B9Sgmsw— Celia (@CeliaBedelia) April 14, 2020
A Virginia bishop who defied social distancing measures and vowed to keep preaching, saying “I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus," died over the weekend after contracting Covid-19, his church said https://t.co/DFUQmFU1gS— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 14, 2020